Major spoiler warning, folks! We're going to be discussing the final moments of Lies of P's story. You've been warned.
Lies of P, the fairytale-inspired soulslike based on Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio is here, but it's never too early to speculate on the franchise's future...especially since that future has already received its first potential details in the form of a shocking post-credits scene at the conclusion of developer Neowiz's puppet-filled adventure.
After credits have rolled, a final cutscene shows one of the game's principal characters, Paracelcus, speaking to an unknown woman on the phone, reporting on the outcome of the dramatic events in the city of Krat. After what sounds like some shady scheming between the two, Paracelcus vows that he "will find her, for sure. Another key of ours: Dorothy."
We're then shown a brief shot of Krat, still in ruins, while the unmistakable legs of none other than Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, complete with striped socks and ruby slippers, walks along before stopping to click her heels three times.
The implication here is that Lies of P seems to be the kicking off point for a series that will reimagine various children's storybooks as dark and creepy video games.
But many questions remain: Will they all follow in the footsteps of Lies of P and retain their soulslike formula? What was Dorothy doing walking around Krat anyway? And will the follow-up be called Lies of D?
We're likely in for a long wait before we have any concrete answers. For now, we can at least all enjoy that Lies of P's soulslike success, which we had high praise for in our review.
Travis Northup is a freelance writer at IGN.Read more on ign.com